“I AM the Light of the world” – John 8:12
How has your perspective changed on this “I AM” over time?
In a conversation with my five-year-old daughter last week, completely unrelated to my devotional topic, Annika said, “What if there was no light?” I explained, “It would be dark and we wouldn’t be able to see.” Our conversation continued about light and dark, but little did she know what a chord she struck with me as I had been pondering the topic of light! Take a moment and think: What is light? What is light to me? How has my understanding of light changed over time?
Light is repeatedly used in the Bible to mean and represent many things. Light is love. Light is truth. Light is faith and understanding. In John 8:12, Jesus Christ tells us, “I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”
We are blessed to have this light on our journey through life. As a young girl, I was a daughter and sister when I began to learn about Jesus Christ and his path to the cross, death and resurrection. I saw his light through my innocent eyes. I believed and loved him for all he did for me. As I matured into adulthood, I saw the same light with different perspectives and more knowledge. I was not as innocent but I still believed and loved him for all he did for me. With maturity, I added hope and faith to my understanding of what Jesus Christ sacrificed for me. Entering into marriage and motherhood, my view broadened and changed. I matured again and started to see the light of the world for what it is – God’s word and promise to guide us through life and its challenges. We all have our own path and our own view of this light, but the commonality we all have is that the light is there for us. We do not have to live in darkness. My hope for this Lenten season is to find ways to share His light, Jesus Christ’s, love, hope, faith, understanding, trust, and word, with others.
Dear Lord, Thank you for being the light of the world, our love, hope, faith, understanding, trust and belief in the word of God makes your light shine brighter and brighter. Let us see your light shine brightly today and let us share this same light with others. Amen.